Contrary to popular belief, wearing a huge diamond ring on your left hand doesn’t always mean you’re engaged.
In a new interview, Meek Mill denies that he and girlfriend Nicki Minaj are preparing to wed.
“[Our relationship] is definitely real, but it ain’t really time to get married yet,” he tells The Fader for its June/July cover story. “We’re still learning each other, feeling each other out.”
Minaj, 32, sparked engagement rumors in April when she posted a photo to Instagram of the massive rock Mill, 28, had given her.
Social media-savvy fans weren’t the only ones they fooled, though. At Coachella, Drake brought Minaj on stage to say “congratulations and all that,” and The Fader‘s profile describes an instance where rapper T.I. approaches Mill at a Beverly Hills restaurant to congratulate him on his engagement and then doesn’t quite accept Mill’s denial.
“You never asked her, ‘Will you be my girlfriend?’ but she is your girlfriend. You may not have asked her, ‘Will you marry me?’ But you are engaged,” T.I. says before reportedly backing away, hands raised. “I’ve said my part. As long as you know what’s going on.”
Even Mill’s grandmother thought he had proposed: “Whatever she sees on TV, she believes,” he says.
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Minaj, meanwhile, has remained coy about the relationship: Although the two collaborated on a song for her album The Pinkprint and she regularly posts photos of the couple to her Instagram account, in a February interview with Vogue, the “Feeling Myself” singer stayed tight-lipped about Mill.
“We’ve been friends for a very, very long time, and he’s been around for a lot of things that I’ve gone through,” she said. “And that’s all I’ll say about that.”